Written by: Michael Den Boer on June 19th, 2011
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2006
Director: Piotr Uzarowicz
Writers: April Wright, Alex Silver
Cast: Maggie Marion, Taylor Gerard Hart, Nicole Malgarini, James C. Burns, Kate Luyben, Marco Martinez, David Lago, Eric Clark
DVD Released: May 10th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 83 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Confining the majority of a film to one location has long been a staple of the horror film genre, especially independently made horror films that have minuscule resources to work with. And this is exactly what Killer Yacht Party does, the bulk of the film takes place on the aforementioned yacht in the film’s title.
Unfortunately before the plot ever gets to the events which unfold on the yacht. There is a lot of exposition that nearly sinks this voyage before it ever leaves dock. And while there is no denying how useful back-story can be when trying to develop any given character. There is also the chance that by giving away to much information up front can hurt the overall flow of the narrative. Plus if you are going to put so much effort into character development, at least make the characters somewhat likable. Trying to find any character in this film that exude any ounce of sympathy is a monumental task.
Though I was not expecting that much from that cast, having suffered through more than my fare share of independently made horror films over the years. And yet the performances in this film somehow failed to even meet my low expectations. You know that things are going to be rough ride, when the majority of the cast look as though they were in a different movie.
One area in which this film does get things right are its kill scenes, most of which don’t occur until the last act of the film. And while these kills do have a sufficient amount of gore. There is a crudeness to the special effects which often calls attention to them. So as you can see this film does not really have that much going for outside of a handful of kills scenes and by the time they do finally arrive, it is too little to late by then.
Troma presents Killer Yacht Party in a anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. Details look crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate and black levels are at best average.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no problems with distortion or black ground noise and dialog comes through clearly enough to follow.
Extras for this release a intro before the film with Lloyd Kaufman and Debbie Rochon, a trailer for the film, a photo slideshow and a informative audio commentary with writer Alex Silver and director Piotr Uzarowicz, who discuss the various aspects of this production. Also included with this release are trailers for other titles also available from Troma and wide assortment of other Tromatic extras. Overall Killer Yacht Party gets a good DVD release from Troma.